Election administrators, elected and government officials, voting systems representatives, and RCV proponents came together for this online symposium focused on:
- Best practices and case studies for ranked choice voting (RCV) presented by some of the country’s leading election experts;
- Presentations from the nation’s voting system vendors about their latest voting systems and RCV capabilities;
- Discussions about RCV and the process for implementing by election administrators who have administered this voting method.
This page now provides links to recordings of each session. Also included are links to question and answer documents with more detailed responses to questions posed during the sessions and links to presentations and other resources used during each session.
Day 1: April 23
Session 1: RCV Today
Held Apr 23, 2018, 10:30–11:30 AM EDT
In this session, panelists provide their unique perspective of how ranked choice voting has evolved, what issues this voting method addresses, and some initial lessons learned over the course of RCV elections. Panelists: Casey Carl, City Clerk, Minneapolis, MN; Anita Earls, Civil Rights Attorney and former Southern Coalition Center for Social Justice Executive Director; Rob Richie, Executive Director, FairVote.
Session 2: RCV Successes -- A Look at Actual Implementations
Held Apr 23, 2018, 12:30–2:00 PM EDT
These panelists have implemented and administered ranked choice voting elections. Hear their thoughts on what has worked, changes they have made along the way, and what's ahead in future elections. Panelists: Grace Wachlarowicz, Assistant City Clerk/Director of Elections & Voter Services, Minneapolis, MN; Chris Jerdonek, Ph.D., Elections Commissioner, San Francisco, CA; Caleb Kleppner, Principal & Director of Technology, MK Election Services; Joseph Debney, Executive Director, Charleston County Board of Elections & Registration, Charleston, SC.
Session 3: RCV Case Studies & Future Successes
Held Apr 23, 2018, 2:30–3:30 PM EDT
Leading experts in the academic study of elections present in this session. Robert Montjoy, RCV Resource Center Advisory Board Member and Professor at the University of New Orleans, will present case studies to address why RCV has flourished in some locations, while not in others. Robert Joyce, Professor of Public Law and Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government, will look at the use of RCV in North Carolina. Doug Chapin, Director of Program for Excellence in Election Administration/Election Academy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, will share his insights about what locations are on the horizon for RCV.
Session 4: U.S. Election Assistance Commission -- The Certification Process
Held Apr 23, 2018, 4:30–5:30 PM EDT
Representatives from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission discuss the certification process and work to develop updated Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) through the Voting Systems Working Group to include RCV.
Day 2: April 24
Session 5: Informed RCV Voters from Start to Finish
Held Apr 24, 2018, 10:00–11:00 AM EDT
Voter understanding and engagement is the very heart of election administration. From ballot design to results presentation, learn the latest outcomes from usability testing by the Center for Civic Design in partnership with the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center and FairVote. Presenter: Whitney Quesenbery, Co-Director, Center for Civic Design.
Session 6: Voting Systems & RCV Capabilities -- Unisyn Voting Solutions
Held Apr 24, 2018, 11:30 AM–12:00 PM EDT
McDermot Coutts, Chief Architect and Director of Technical Support at Unisyn Voting Solutions, presents the company's latest voting systems and how these systems can be used for ranked choice voting ballot design and tabulation.
Session 7: Voting Systems & RCV Capabilities -- Hart InterCivic
Held Apr 24, 2018, 12:30–1:00 PM EDT
Pam Cardenas, Certification & Product Manager at Hart InterCivic, presents the company's latest voting systems and how these systems can be used for ranked choice voting ballot design and tabulation.
Session 8: Voting Systems & RCV Capabilities -- ES&S
Held Apr 24, 2018, 1:30–2:00 PM EDT
Paige Richbourg, Product Manager, Software at Election Systems & Software (ES&S), presents the company's latest voting systems and how these systems can be used for ranked choice voting ballot design and tabulation.
Session 9: Voting Systems & RCV Capabilities -- Dominion Voting Systems
Held Apr 24, 2018, 2:30–3:00 PM EDT
Steven Bennet, Regional Sales Manager at Dominion Voting Systems, presents the company's latest voting systems and how these systems can be used for ranked choice voting ballot design and tabulation.
Session 10: Voting Systems & RCV Capabilities -- Universal RCV Tabulator
Held Apr 24, 2018, 4:30–5:00 PM EDT
The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center has partnered with Bright Spots to deliver open source software for jurisdictions to tabulate RCV results with legacy voting equipment, when tabulation software is not available through the voting system vendor, or when a state needs to aggregate results from multiple voting systems. See a demonstration of this software and learn more about how the tabulation process works. Presenters: Louis Eisenberg and Jon Moldover, Bright Spots; Caleb Kleppner, MK Election Services; and George Gilbert, Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center.